Voice and Harp
Benjamin Britten’s - A Ceremony of Carols is a wonderful work for choir and harp that Alison has performed frequently at home and abroad. Alison is in great demand as harpist of choice for this major work. In 2004 she accompanied the World famous King’s College Choir directed by Stephen Cleobury on their US tour to capacity audiences and great critical acclaim:

St. Paul Pioneer Press www.twincities.com

Tuesday 14 December 2004-12-21

King’s College choir brings light, heat to cold night

By Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press

When it comes to hot tickets on the local classical music scene this year, few have been as hot as those for Monday’s concert by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, a group that has been the standard-bearer for the English choral tradition for 550 years.

The highlight of the evening came when the men left the singing to the boys on Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols.” Accompanied by renowned harpist Alison Nicholls, the 16 choristers proved everything you could wish for in a collection of young voices, especially so on the haunting soprano solo of “That Younge Child” and a duet of two high crystalline voices on “Spring Carol.”

However, harpist Nicholls almost stole the stage out from beneath the boys on two pieces of disparate moods: The rapid-fire, almost flamenco-flavored “This Little Babe” and a haunting, hypnotic “Interlude.” Both were harp tours de force, the latter setting the ideal tone for the following “In freezing Winter Night.”

Whilst Alison particularly enjoys these ongoing, long-term collaborations, she has also worked with an impressive roster of other musicians in a wide variety of contexts and relishes new challenges. It has been her privilege and pleasure to perform with artists as diverse as Mark Padmore, Luciano Pavarotti, Kiri Te Kanawa, Charlotte Church and Andrea Bocelli. Yet further afield and perhaps even a little ‘off-piste’, she has been known to appear with “The Who”, “The Chieftans” and countless others. As a session player she can be heard on several film tracks and she was the hand double for Embeth Davidtz in “Mansfield Park” (1999)!

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